The photograph above was part of my research for The Glass Files Instagram post for Dominican Independence Day. Finding a good photograph to post was difficult, luckily I came upon a good blog, however the date this picture was taken is unknown. It represents Dominican pride and that's why I liked the photo.
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On February 27, 1844 Dominican Republic officially won its independence.
As I was researching the story of Dominican independence I was surprised to learn how much I didn’t know.
That's why history is interesting and important - you discover new things every day.
I was fascinated to learn that Dominican Republic was colonized by Haiti for a period of 22 years. It turns out that the Haitian government imposed heavy taxation on Dominicans in a attempt to raise funds for 60 million francs owed to the former French colonists.
The people resented being forced to grow cash crops under the rule of Haitian president Jean-Pierre Boyer and his adviser Joseph Inginac. In the capital city of Santo Domingo the effects of the occupation were most severely felt and that's where the movement for independence originated.
After the independence of 1844, a general named Pedro Santana had conflict with the presidency of Buenaventura Baez who had bankrupted the nation's economy for himself. Santana asked Spain to take control of Dominican Republic since the country was facing economic crisis as well as the possibility of a renewed attack from Haiti.
17 years after their independence from Haiti, Spain re-colonized the country which led to the Dominican Restoration War that ended in 1865 with Dominican independence restored.